Finally, it’s here. The last song on the Eurovision 2021 playlist has been unveiled. Representing Malta, Destiny will sing “Je Me Casse” in Rotterdam. Excuse her French!
It’s an uptempo song with an instant feel-good factor, and just a hint of 1920’s Charleston.
Destiny — “Je Me Casse” (Malta Eurovision 2021)
For Eurovision 2021, Destiny took inspiration from powerful soul voices like Patti LaBelle. “Je Me Casse” is a French slang phrase, meaning “to make a quick exit” — somewhat similar to the English idiom “French exit”. As well, the French title is a nod to “Lady Marmalade”.
With the Charleston vibe, this genre marks a slight departure for the queen of soul. “Je Me Casse” encompasses various musical twists, from the uptempo electro swing feel to the poppy pre-chorus, which is then followed up with a four-on-the-floor rhythm. An unexpected twist appears in the middle of the song, with a three part section consisting of an a cappella gospel phrase, an empowering soul moment and a hypnotic drop with tonnes of attitude just before Destiny belts the final chorus.
Lyrically, “Je Me Casse” is an ode to female empowerment. It tells the story of a man who tries to get together with a woman, using cliché pickup lines and buying her drinks. But the woman has no interest and is frustrated with the guy’s unwelcomed advances. She is self-assured, and she knows what she wants. And all she wants is to have a good time on the dancefloor. Ladies, if you feel like flaunting tonight, it’s alright! (Eurovision fan theory confirmed!)
Who wrote “Je Me Casse”?
“Je Me Casse” features the songwriting talents of Malin Christin, Amanuel Dermont, Nicklas Eklund and Pete Barringer, with mixing from Jon Hällgren.
Nicklas Eklund is a multi-platinum songwriter and producer, known for working with some of the biggest artists in Asia including Zoom, V6 and Sexy Zone. He’s also had songs in Sweden’s Melodifestivalen — in 2020, he wrote Frida Öhrn’s “We Are One”. Other credits include work with Russian Eurovision superstar Sergey Lazarev.
Pete Barringer also has multi-platinum status. He’s worked on hits for Eurovision stars like Kasia Mos, Martina Barta and Kate Ryan. Amanuel Dermont’s credits include work with Alesha Dixon, Alvaro Estrella and Gromee.
Meanwhile, Malin Christin is a singer-songwriter based in Sweden. She’s worked with big names on the Asian pop scene, and is heavily influenced by pop and RnB music.
And last but not least, Jon Hällgren is known for his songwriting and production talents. At Eurovision 2019, he worked on Luca Hänni’s “She Got Me”, which took Switzerland to fourth place in Tel Aviv.
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Destiny at Eurovision 2021
Destiny Chukunyere is one of the biggest stars on Malta’s music scene. In 2015, she won Junior Eurovision with “Not My Soul”, and later went on to compete in the 2017 series of Britain’s Got Talent, reaching the semi-finals. Last year, she won The X Factor Malta and earned the right to represent her country at Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam. There, she was due to sing “All of My Love” — but sadly, the contest was cancelled just a few days after the song’s release. This year, TVM internally selected Destiny to represent Malta.
At Eurovision, Destiny will perform “Je Me Casse” in the second half of semi-final one.
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